Alignment of colleges expands non-credit health care programs in Cambridge area

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According to research by Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), the state can expect a notable expansion of health care service needs over the next 10 years, driven by the baby boom generation entering and requiring more health care services. Increasing health care service needs will in turn boost the demand for workers in health care jobs throughout the state, including the Central Minnesota region.

“The recent alignment of Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College has allowed our respective Professional and Workforce Training departments to merge and offer more, new and expanded health care-related, non-credit programs,” says Professional and Workforce Training Executive Director Jamie Barthel.

The new programs Barthel refers to now available in the Cambridge and Central Minnesota regions include:

• Emergency Medical Technician
• Phlebotomy
• Trained Medication Aide

“These new programs join our already very popular Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide program, and mandatory continuing education programs such as CPR, CPR Renewal, CPR Heartsaver, Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers, Charge Nurse and Integrative Health and Healing to provide the most comprehensive non-credit health care training in the region,” Barthel adds.

DEED data supports Barthel’s claim, anticipating increases in demand in the Central Minnesota region including Cambridge of 23 percent for Emergency Medical Technicians and 16.8 percent for nursing assistants. Other support positions, such as certified phlebotomists, are expected to grow as much as 20 percent.

“We are here to serve the needs of the Cambridge region and the state,” Barthel concludes. “I encourage anyone interested in health care to check out our offerings to prepare or stay prepared for the increasing demand.”

Courses and programs begin throughout the fall, both at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus and at the Cambridge Courthouse.

To learn more about the non-credit, health care programs offered through Professional and Workforce Training, visit

For more information about credit health care programs, including nursing, visit Anoka Technical College at or Anoka-Ramsey Community College at